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IDF Lone Soldier From North Suburbs Adopts K9 Partner
When K9 Roni was discharged following an injury, his partner's family was more than happy to take him in.
Unlike most Chicago area residents in their early 20s, D - a female Lone Soldier who is publicly referred to only by her first initial - is neither working nor in college. She is a staff sergeant serving in an elite K-9 Army unit in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones - what the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) calls a “Lone Soldier,” a person who leaves his or her home, family and friends to join the IDF. She is no ordinary citizen.
Central Region Annual Dinner an Inspiring evening Honoring Israel’s Brave Heroes in Uniform
E800 community leaders gathered last Thursday night for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Annual Dinner at the Hilton Chicago to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The evening featured wounded Israeli war hero IDF Capt. Ziv Shilon; wounded U.S. Army war hero Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Brian Mast; and IDF Staff Sgt. Danielle, a native of Chicago’s northern suburbs who immigrated on her own to Israel to enlist as a Lone Soldier in the IDF, where she serves in a special operations canine unit. Danielle (whose full name cannot be used for security reasons) and her dog, Roni – which joined her at the event – uncovered a terrorist weapons cache last winter; and Staff Sgt. Elle Shmuel who was one of the only woman combat soldiers to enter Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Read More
Brick Builders' Project Raises Bar
Eli Berk is a superhero in action, honoring his own super heroes, the children of the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces, with his Brick Builders bar mitzvah project. Eli has built and sold more than120 mezuzah cases, one toy brick at a time — thousands of plastic bricks in all — to raise more than$3,000 for the LEGACY program of Friends of the IDF (FIDF).
FIDF Annual National Gala
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) annual National Gala was held on March 10th at New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria raising over $24 million. Several Central Region Supporters joined nearly 1,200 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country who gathered to demonstrate their love and support for Israel’s soldiers and FIDF.
Young Leadership Professionals Cabinet Inaugural Event with IDF Hero: Noam Gershony
Noam Gershony, Israeli Paralympic Gold Medalist & Second Lebanon War Wounded Veteran shared his heroic journey from the IDF to the 2012 Paralympics at the Inaugural Young Professionals Cabinet Event last Thursday night at the Standard Club.
In wake of Gaza Operation,
FIDF Supporters from Chicago
Honor and Support IDF Soldiers
Oct. 30, Chicago – Close to 1,000 prominent lay leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from the Chicago area raised $2 million last night at their annual event in support of wellbeing and educational programs for the men and women of the IDF.
FRIENDS OF THE IDF RAISES OVER $110,000 AT “GUYS NIGHT OUT"
FIDF’s Central Region Lends Timely Support for Israel’s Soldiers in Annual Chicago Fundraiser, Chicago - July 2014. The Chicago Jewish community came together last week to support the men and women of Israel’s army, at the annual “Guys Night Out” event hosted by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).
Chicago Womens’s Brigade Annual Benefit For the IDF
$65,000 RAISED AT THE FRIENDS OF THE IDF CHICAGO WOMEN’S BRIGADE ANNUAL BENEFIT.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Women’s Brigade hosted the Women’s Brigade Annual Benefit on June 24, where over 130 women from around the Chicago land area gathered to raise $65,000 for the FIDF LEGACY Program. The FIDF LEGACY Program benefits families of fallen IDF soldiers. The event hosted IDF Wounded Veteran Ron Weinreich, and featured a silent auction...
Evanston businessman organizes aid to Israeli soldiers
Richard Sincere has traveled regularly to Israel since studying in Tel Aviv in the early ’70s, but it was one excursion in particular that left a lasting impact on the Evanston resident and businessman.
212,000 RAISED AT FRIENDS OF THE IDF (FIDF) PALM SPRINGS BENEFIT FOR ISRAEL’S SOLDIERS
$212,000 was raised at the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Palm Springs Benefit for Israel’s soldiers on February 26, 2014 at the Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. More than 100 FIDF supporters gathered at the event, where they had the opportunity to meet and hear from keynote speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, Head of the Interactive Media Branch at the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
FIDF Central Region hosted 44 legacy children
Earlier this month, the FIDF Central Region hosted 44 children of fallen IDF soldiers for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip of a lifetime. Through the LEGACY program, these children are able to enjoy a two week summer camp in the US alongside peers who have shared similar experiences.
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